Hoboken, New Jersey
Heroin use has become increasingly
rampant in the New York Suburb of Hoboken, NJ, overtaking alcohol as the drug
of choice. While Hoboken is still considered one of the safest cities in New
Jersey, there’s been a significant rise in heroin and other opioid use, as well
as trafficking of opiate drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.
Rated the ‘Best Suburb in New Jersey’ for millennials,
Hoboken is a Manhattan suburb located across the Hudson river on the waterfront
in New Jersey. This upper-class suburb is a prime example that the opioid
crisis can catch people from all walks of life in it’s grip. The median
household income is $114,381 which is 47% higher than the national average, yet
it’s still seeing rising numbers of residents becoming addicted to heroin in
both suburban and urban settings.
While Heroin is the primary drug of
choice (accounting for 33% of total substance abuse treatment admissions in
Hudson County, and 43% state-wide) other commonly abused drugs in the area
The overwhelming majority of substance
abusers seeking treatment are middle-aged Hispanic males between 30-55, while
state-wide the majority of addicts are white middle-aged males.
Hoboken has the highest public transit
use of any US city. 56% of employed residents commute via public transportation
every day. Though Hoboken doesn’t have it’s own airport, The Hoboken Terminal
is an origin/destination point for several modes of transportation including
rail trains, ferries, and transit busses. It is a major hub within the NY/NJ metro
region’s public transit
system, which makes it an easy target for drug trafficking via land and water.
Along with heroin, Fentanyl is quickly
rising in popularity and is making it’s way to the state via Mexican cartels.
Fentanyl is 50-100 times more
potent than morphine, and even a tiny amount can prove to be fatal, even for
first-time users. Dealers have been lacing heroin with the deadly, synthetic opiate
to increase potency, often without the heroin users knowledge.
Recently, law enforcement officials
conducted a drug bust in North Bergen, just up the Hudson River from Hoboken in
Hudson County, seizing 45 kilograms (almost 100 pounds) of Fentanyl as well as
40 kilos of heroin. That’s enough fentanyl to kill 18 million people; more than
the entire population of New York City and all of New Jersey combined. Four men
were arrested in the bust.
With this incredibly lethal drug making
it’s way to New Jersey in such abundance, there is no better time to seek help
quitting heroin and opiates once and for all. Even one small dose of Fentanyl
can be deadly. If you’re battling with addiction to heroin, we can help. Call
us today and get on your path to recovery.
Hoboken appears to have the
highest number of recorded law enforcement Narcan deployments in Hudson County,
according to records from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Although first responders in Hoboken and greater
Hudson County are equipped with Narcan – an antidote that can reverse the
effects of opioid overdose, there have still been record overdose deaths.
Heroin laced with fentanyl requires much higher doses of Narcan to be
effective. Narcan is effective roughly 75-80% of the time.
Heroin and Health
Aside from addiction and risk of
overdose, using heroin and other substances intravenously can have life-long
negative effects on your health. While the state of New Jersey does have needle
exchange programs, they appear to be few and far between, putting drug
injecting users at a risk for HIV and Hepatitis through sharing dirty needles.
As of 2016, 32% of cases of HIV/AIDS in Hudson County are reportedly due to
intravenous drug use.
If you are someone you know is
struggling with addiction to opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, you’re not
alone and there is help. In fact, up to 70% of those seeking help with heroin
or opioid addiction are successful in kicking the habit, while relapse rates
are a relatively low 15-30%. If you’re interested in seeking help, there are
multiple program types available for Heroin and Opioid Addicts.
Rehabs and Treatment Facilities
While there are many reasons to seek
help with heroin addiction, 37% of treatment admissions in Hudson County are
referred or mandated by the criminal justice system, while 29% are
self-referred. Outpatient Care accounts for 35% of substance abuse treatment
admissions in Hudson County, and about 30% of patients are treated in IOP
(Intensive Outpatient) facilities. Residential Detox, inpatient and outpatient
Opioid Maintenance Facilities are also alternative options for people looking
to kick addiction to opioids including heroin once and for all.
While getting free of addiction is often
a main goal of treatment facilities, they can also help with other goals such
as bettering or managing health due to co-occurring mental or physical illness.
Other reasons to seek professional help with addiction include navigating legal
situations brought on by addiction and substance abuse, bettering family and relationship
situations, seeking employment, and meeting educational/vocational goals.
The road to kicking heroin addiction
usually starts with an assessment or evaluation by a healthcare and/or mental
health professional. Multiple professionals, including doctors, nurses,
therapists, psychologists and/or psychiatrists may assess you if you’re being
cared for at an addiction treatment facility or detox center.
The purpose of the assessment is to
evaluate whether physical and mental addiction is present and to what extent,
determine any co-occurring conditions present, and develop a personalized
treatment plan that will meet your needs. Substance abuse assessments take
place in private settings, and information you provide is kept confidential and
used to aid in your personalized treatment plan.
Substance addiction assessments usually
consist of a standardized evaluation regarding your current substance abuse and
patterns, health history, treatment history, symptoms and the effect addiction
has had on your life (job, relationships, family, etc). The assessor may then
ask clarifying questions to get a better idea of what treatment will be right
for you. It is extremely important to answer these questions honestly, as a
proper assessment will assist the professionals in recommending proper
Mental health care providers may refer
you to a doctor for a physical evaluation. Some medical problems may impact
your treatment plan, so a physical health examination is an important part of
the addiction evaluation. The physical exam may include blood and urine tests,
as well as standardized questionnaires about your physical health and substance
Many people struggling with addiction
also battle co-occurring physical or mental health disorders. In fact, it is
estimated that over half of substance abusers have a co-occurring mental
illness of some type, such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress
disorder or psychosis of some kind. Others struggle with physical ailments that
are either pre-existing or brought on by the substance abuse itself. Abusing
drugs is often a way to “self medicate” as an attempt to cope with, or mask
mental health issues, and a proper diagnosis is essential to treating both the
addiction and co-occurring illness. Untreated mental or physical health issues
may impair your recovery, leading to relapse.
While acquiring an official diagnosis is
recommended, another option is to perform a self-assessment to establish if
you’ve got an addiction to drugs or alcohol. You can find tests online or from
local mental health clinics. The main advantage of self-assessment is the
privacy it provides. Many self-assessments can be conducted from the comfort of
your own home, and provide you with instant feedback about your substance abuse
habits and addiction. It is important to note that self-evaluations should be
seen as a tool, and are not to replace an assessment by a licensed healthcare
or mental health professional.
Detoxing is the process of of becoming
sober and ridding your body of the chemicals and toxins found in drugs and
alcohol. The process of heroin/opioid detox can take anywhere from a couple of
days to a a couple of weeks, depending on your addiction habits and severity,
and varies from person to person. However, the average opiate withdrawal period
is around seven days, with the most severe symptoms occurring around 72 hours
after the last use. Due to the intensity and length of opioid withdrawal, it’s
both dangerous and difficult to detox without assistance and/or guidance of a
There are a number of heroin and opiate
detox centers that serve the Hoboken area. Opting for a detox-only program
allows you to go through the process of withdrawal as quick and comfortable as
possible. While easing into sobriety through a detox program is a good idea,
it’s just the first step on a journey to kicking addiction. It is highly
recommended to participate in either an inpatient or outpatient treatment
program, and potentially even an aftercare or sober-living solution to help
with continued sobriety.
CarePoint Health Detox Facility
CarePoint Health is a detox facility in
the Hudson County/Hoboken area. They understand the process of detoxing can be
uncomfortable and at times, dangerous, and do everything they can to make it as
quick and painless as possible. While some detox centers operate with a “cold
turkey” method, CarePoint Health doesn’t recommend it, and instead assists
patients in the detox process by utilizing a mainly buprenorphine-based
medication. This medication helps to control symptoms of opioid withdrawal,
including those brought on by synthetic opioid addiction. With the aid of Buprenorphine,
patients will be clear-headed and comfortable during detox, and will leave
detox experiencing almost no symptoms of withdrawal.
CarePoint Health can be found at
Hoboken University Medical Center
There are two primary approaches to
treatment programs – inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient programs are seen the
most rigorous, but often prove the most successful when it comes to heroin and
opioid addiction therapy.
SOBA College – 18-30 year old
Assessment begins at the first point of
contact at SOBA College. Each patient is assessed for their immediate and
long-term recovery needs. There’s an initial clinical evaluation, and standing
weekly individual counseling is established, which continues through the length
of the patients stay. A full psychiatric assessment is also conducted upon
enrollment. Physical and mental health, personal safety, and past and current
legal issues are evaluated as well. Each patient is assigned a case manager who
performs a separate assessment on where they are at the beginning of the intake
process, and where they’d like to be once they complete their personalized treatment,
tailoring a personalized treatment plan that will help meet the patients
SOBA College Recovery has a strong focus
on personal hygiene, self-care, health, and legal needs. Each patient forms an
initial treatment plan which outlines their long-term goals. Mental and
physical health are priority at SOBA, so each client receives a gym membership
and access to a personal trainer. The staff at SOBA believe in building a solid
foundation outside of treatment while simultaneously working on addiction and
co-occurring illness within the safe space of treatment. To aid in building
that foundation, SOBA offers many recreational and cultural activities ranging
from museum trips and dances to outdoor events. SOBA integrates the 12 Steps
into treatment plans from the first week, taking patients to meetings in nearby
areas in an effort to introduce patients to the range of recovery happening all
around them. Personal and group clinical therapy, case and medication
management, and education opportunities continue, as the patient works their
way through the 3 Phases of treatment at SOBA. Nearing a patients graduation or
completion of SOBA, Outside mental health and healthcare professionals, 12 step
sponsors, potential employers and resources for continuing education are all
pulled together to make sure the graduates continued sobriety and success.
SOBA also offers outpatient programs
such as College Success which helps addicts in recovery pursue further
education, Family and Multi-Family Education Groups, Addiction and Recovery
Education, Men’s & Women’s Groups, Relapse Prevention, Health &
Wellness, Anger Management, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Stages of Change,
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (behavioral modification), Matrix Group (for
those with co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar, or
ADHD), Motivational Enhancement, Trauma, Coping with Emotion, Self-Esteem and
Mental Health Groups, as well as Spiritual and Meditation Groups, and Art,
Writing and Music Expression Groups are also offered as outpatient therapy.
One of the most
common forms of treatment is outpatient treatment programs. While they can be
effective, they do require personal conviction and dedication to sticking with
the program, as they operate with much less supervision than inpatient
programs. Because of this, they do tend to have smaller success rates compared
to a more intensive inpatient treatment, but they can be more accessible and
cost-effective for those dedicated to a life free of heroin addiction. Out
patient programs can also be a useful as a continuing recovery tool once a more
intensive inpatient treatment has been completed.
Alpha Healing Center
is an outpatient facility that incorporates holistic and natural recovery
plans. Alpha Healing offers both an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and
The first step on
the path to recovery is to be admitted into a treatment facility with
knowledgable health care professionals. Alpha Healing Center has a 24- Hour
admissions department which can be reached at 844-244-4325. You can arrange a
tour of the facility prior to committing, verify your insurance, set up a
payment plan for treatment and even set up transportation to the facility if
Alpha Healing Center
uses a buprenorphine-based medication known as Subuxone to help with opioid
withdrawal symptoms. The benefits of using Subonxone during detox include:
Milder Withdrawal Symptoms
Fewer health and
Patient stays alert during recovery and detox process
Longer lasting than
consists of a detox stage, a therapey stage, and a long-term recovery stage
(including post-treatment aftercare).
Outpatient Program at Alpha Healing
focuses on Individual, group and family therapy sessions between 9-12
hours per week, depending on your personalized treatment plan formed as part of
your initial intake assessment. Alpha “promotes personal healing and recovery
through holistic care”. Specialty groups such as trauma and gender-specific
groups may also be a part of your personalized treatment program.
Traditional Outpatient Program
The traditional Outpatient Addiction
Treatment Program at Alpha Healing Center is a relapse-prevention based therapy
program and focuses on weekly Individual/group therapy sessions, and treatment
interventions such as “Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivation Enhancement
Therapy, and Cognitive Analytic Therapy”. Mental Health professionals
Discharge and Aftercare
Upon completion of your personalized
program, Alpha Healing Center will help prepare you for the future with an
personalized comprehensive aftercare plan. They will provide you with resources
to aid in continued sobriety and regularly follow up with you to ensure complete recovery.
To find out more about your addiction
treatment options, give us a call today.